Rollins (21-15, 7-8 SSC) at Florida Tech (21-17, 5-10 SSC)
Melbourne, Fla. – Nancy Bottge Field
Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 3:00 p.m.
Friday, March 30, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. (DH)
The Tars dropped two of three against Eckerd last time out. Rollins came from behind to take the series opener on Friday night. However, the Tars bats fell flat in both games of a Saturday doubleheader. Rollins now turns their attention to another Sunshine State Conference foe, as the Tars prepare to head to Melbourne, Florida to take of Florida Tech in their first road contest since March 10.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Chandler Middlebrook continues to lead the Tars at the plate. The senior holds the team's highest batting average at .345, while she retains her SSC lead in both RBI, 31, and doubles, 14. Brianne Lint has provided much of the pop in the Tars' lineup, blasting six homeruns, tied for the conference lead. Jordan Davis and Talia Kentoffio have seen their averages rise throughout the season to .336 and .333 respectively. Davis also leads the league in steals, swiping 27 bags during the campaign.
Grace Street continues to lead the Tars' rotation, posting an 11-4 record with an ERA of just 2.08, and 97 strikeouts. Abby Summers leads the team in innings pitched, tossing 122.2 innings, while tallying a team leading 103 strikeouts.
TRACKING THE PANTHERS:
Florida Tech visited conference leading Palm Beach Atlantic last time out, suffering a sweep at the hands of the Sailfish. The Panthers' three losses, against the No. 7 team in the country, came by only five combined runs.
Xiarysse Emerenciana leads the Panthers' offense, batting .315 on the year, while slugging a team best .472, on four doubles, five triples, and a homerun. Jessica Callahan, who has registered a .292 average, leads the squad with three homeruns. Vanessa Rubio has driven in a team leading 14 runs. The Panthers boast nine players with over five RBIon the year, and five with double digit runs driven in.
Melanie Murphy has seen the majority of the action in the circle for the Panthers. The junior, hometown hero, is 9-7 on the year, with a 1.23 ERA in 114 innings pitched. McKenzie Krutsinger, Amanda Kahn, and Alaina Perry have split the reaming time for Florida Tech.
- Abby Summers, with 103, and Grace Street, with 97, sit third and fourth in the SSC in batters struck out.
- Jordan Davis is currently tied for 10th on the Tars' single season steals list. She needs just three more steals to become just the sixth Tar to ever swipe 30 bases in a season.
- Brianne Lint now sits in a tie for eighth in program history with 20 career homeruns, and she is closing in on the century mark for RBI having driven in 93 runners in the Blue and Gold.
- Michelle Frew is 792-339-1, and ranks as the 16th winningest active coach in Division II.
The Tars will stay on the road in the SSC, visiting Embry-Riddle for a three game set next weekend. Game one against the Eagles is set for Friday, April 6, at 6 p.m.
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